Skokie Police Department
New Police Headquarters Update
The Skokie Police Department officially moved into the new, state-of-the-art Skokie Police Headquarters at 7300 Niles Center Road on October 18, 2010. The new Skokie Police Headquarters replaces the original Police and Courthouse building at Laramie and Main Streets that house the Department since 1957. The facility has been strategically designed for optimum use and efficiency and is expected to at least receive LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
The Village of Skokie contracted with Sente Rubel Bosman Lee Architects (SRBL) during 2005 to conduct a space-needs study of the existing police department facility located at 8350 Laramie Avenue. The study found the existing facility to be severely inadequate in meeting the needs of the Skokie Police Department. As a result, Skokie launched a search for a new location for a police facility. Few locations were named viable for this purpose because of Skokie's long established, densely populated and developed urban environment.
The Village ultimately purchased a 6.2-acre site located at 7300 Niles Center Road, just north of Touhy Avenue, in which to construct a new police facility. The site was effectively transformed into an 80,000 square foot attractive oasis within the current industrial park (the building itself was surrounded by concrete parking lots with very minimal vegetation). The Village reused a portion of the existing building as part of the goal to obtain a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating. LEED is a Green Building Rating system and is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green, or environmentally friendly buildings. The structure on the site was largely demolished and recycled, with only a few key elements reused in the interest of green initiatives and project cost efficiencies.
In June 2008, the Village Board approved and contracted with SRBL and Riley Construction for the planning, demolition and construction of the new police facility. Both SRBL and Riley Construction were selected based upon their extensive experience in building state-of-the-art police facilities. The photos below show the different stages of construction of the new facility.
Below are pictures of the new Skokie Police Headquarters.